Rep. Ilhan Omar unleashed this week and claimed that America is trying to “eliminate” Muslim voices.
During an interview Tuesday on MSNBC, Omar was asked about her Democratic colleague, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who came under fire over her controversial remarks about the Holocaust.
Omar insisted that the backlash is “designed” to “silence” and “eliminate” Muslim voices.
Referring to Tlaib as “my sister,” Omar claimed that she has “strength to endure any of the mischaracterization or efforts to distort and vilify and mischaracterize” their message.
“I think we are seeing what happens when people really see these kind of attacks for what they are. It is designed to silence, sideline, and sort of almost eliminate [the] public voice of Muslims from the public discourse,” Omar began.
“I’m really excited that we have an opportunity to build alliances and push back and fight this attempt to marginalize our community’s voice,” she added.
“It is time for us to make sure that we don’t allow for them to use any misunderstanding there might be to divide us [and] that we collectively work together against the collective hate that is coming from the right wing and white supremacy,” Omar continued.
Quite remarkable to see a sitting member of Congress claim that America is trying to “eliminate” Muslim voices.
Over the weekend, Tlaib stunned many after she claimed thinking about the holocaust gave her a “calming feeling.”
During her interview on Yahoo’s podcast called “Skullduggery,” the Muslim Democratic lawmaker said the Holocaust — where millions of innocent people were murdered — gives her a “calming feeling” because her Palestinian ancestors provided a “safe haven” for Jewish victims of the tragedy.
“There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports,” Tlaib said.
“And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time,” she added.
Tlaib continued, “And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them.”
Tlaib became a member of Congress in January, and has already found herself in hot water countless times.
Last month, Tlaib said she feels “more Palestinian in Congress” than American.